Call for Proposals

ABX has issued a Call for Proposals for the 2020 Educational Conference Program. To be considered as a speaker, read the information below.

  • Show Dates: November 4-5
  • Location: Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
  • Audience: Architects, contractors, engineers and other design professionals from the Northeast
  • Deadline: April 17, 2020 at 11:59 pm, EST

There are no pre-defined topics for workshop submissions. Please submit topics that you are an expert in, are passionate about, and that are relevant to the AEC and design industries.

Learn more about ABX attendees and review last year’s Conference Program to better craft a proposal. All proposals must be submitted online. You may begin the process and return to your saved proposal any time up until the deadline. Faxed or mailed proposals will not be accepted.

All proposals must be complete, comprehensive and deemed relevant and timely to the conference’s audience. ABX may shorten a presentation, increase and/or reduce the number of presenters, select alternate presenters from among those proposed and/or combine the submitted presentation with other proposed presentations, at its sole discretion.  

**The submitter cannot complete the proposal without the acceptance of participation of all proposed presenters/moderators. Each presenter and moderator will need to login individually to the submittal site to enter their personal details and confirm their participation in the proposal.

Guidelines on Submitting Your Proposal

We are only accepting 90-minute presentations through the Call. If you are interested in submitting for a different length, please email your request.

During the submission process, you will be asked to provide the following:

  • Workshop Title (60 character limit)
  • Speaker Details
    • Primary Speaker contact information (including credentials, company, and contact info)
    • Speaker experience
    • Contact information for each additional speaker(s) and/or panelist(s)
  • Workshop Details
    • Are you submitting original content?
    • Content Level (emerging professionals, mid-level, or senior-level leadership)
    • Workshop Abstract/Description (150 word limit)
    • Presentation Style
    • Workshop Agenda and Speaker Contributions
    • Unique Set-Up Requests 
      • The default room set for all workshops will have the front half in classroom with tables, and the back half in theater seating without tables. 
      • Each conference room will be equipped with a screen, PA system, projector, laptop, wireless presentation mouse, lectern with microphone, (1) wireless microphone and (2) table microphones.
    • Four Learning Objectives (must be specific and measurable)
    • AIA Course Directory and AIA Topic (Select what you think best matches your content. This will help us during the accreditation process)
    • HSW Submission qualification (only required if you’d like to be considered for HSW credits)
    • Based on your content, should ABX submit for GBCI credit?
    • Based on your content, should ABX consider submitting for any additional credits?
    • If applicable, provide which  which ABX-specific partner or association you are submitting for; review the partner list here.

The submittal site will time-out due to inactivity – please save your submittal frequently. You must submit a complete proposal before the April 17 deadline.

Workshop Guidelines

  • All workshops are submitted to AIA for approval of CEU’s and must meet their accreditation guidelines. Include the two drop-down that submitters can complete so it expedites AIA submission. 
  • Please note: No pre-approved AIA “Lunch and Learn” programs will be accepted. 
  • All workshops will be 90-minutes.
  • The total number of speakers/panelists is limited to a maximum of 4.
  • To uphold the conference quality that ABX attendees expect, workshops must be educational in nature and not promote any specific companies, products or proprietary technologies.   

Speaker Guidelines

By submitting a proposal, all speakers and panelists agree to the terms and conditions below.

  • Content promoting vendor products and/or services will not be considered.
  • If your proposal is accepted, you will be notified via email by June 19, 2020 and you must confirm your participation no later than July 1, 2020. Speaker expenses such as hotel, travel, per diem or honoraria are not covered or paid by the BSA/ABX.
  • Speakers, panelists and moderators will each receive 3 complimentary a la carte workshops in addition to the workshop(s) in which they are speaking.
  • Speakers agree to have their session(s) recorded and videotaped, but this does not guarantee your workshop will be recorded. Selected sessions and presentations may be made available online.
  • Each conference room will be equipped with a screen, PA system, projector, laptop, wireless presentation mouse, lectern with microphone, (1) wireless microphone and (2) table microphones.
  • Once the conference program is selected, no speaker substitutions, additions or changes may be made without the prior written consent of ABX. If a registered attendee is asked and agrees to step in as a substitute speaker, co-presenter or panelist, no registration fees will be refunded. 

When you are ready to submit your proposal, click the Submit Proposal button. 

  • Note: after you submit your proposal, you will not be able to make additional changes. To save your proposal and come back later to edit it, simply hit the save button on any task you are working on and log out of the website. 


  • Send an email for assistance with questions regarding the Call for Proposals.
  • Send an email for technical questions about the submittal website, or call 877.426.6323 9:00 am - 6:00 pm EST Monday through Friday.